U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announced record of decision for the West Lake Landfill:
"What's always been the most important issue to me is making sure we have a safe, permanent solution that has the support of the local families in this community. That's why I took the EPA to task for not having previously taken the input from the community seriously. I am currently examining the details of the final proposal but at first glance this appears to be a significant step forward in achieving that goal."
McCaskill has been a longtime advocate for the families in the community surrounding West Lake. Following the EPA's remediation proposal announced earlier this year, McCaskill stated, "After years of pushing EPA, I'm pleased this is finally moving in the right direction."
McCaskill and fellow Missouri Senator Roy Blunt introduced legislation--which passed the U.S. Senate and was supported by the local community--to transfer remediation authority over the West Lake landfill from the Environmental Protection Agency to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, putting the site in the Corps' Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP).